57°F
weather icon Clear

Veteran trekker hit by car in Nevada

“You can’t control moronic drivers and the weather,” someone told Eli Smith after he was hit by a car on his way from Lathrop Wells to Beatty March 24.

Smith, an Army veteran, is traveling the four corners of America to raise awareness of PTSD and veteran suicides caused by it. He points out that we lose an average of 20 veterans a day to suicide.

He managed to walk from Pensacola, Florida to San Diego, California, and from there to Neah Bay, Washington before a bad knee forced him to change his mode of transportation.

Bear Teardrops, of Oceanside, California, built Smith a one-of-a-kind trailer to pull behind a bicycle, and he launched the latest part of his anticipated 14,000 total-mile trek from Las Vegas on March 17. The plan is now to pedal to Seattle, then across the country to Quoddy Lighthouse in Maine, then down to Key West.

He left Lathrop Wells for Beatty on the morning of the 24th.

Members of the Beatty VFW post were set to meet him as he came into Beatty to escort him to the post, of which he is now a member.

The driver who struck his trailer did not stop, and he says he didn’t even see the car because he was too occupied with trying to keep upright on the bike. His trailer is just about as wide as the area of pavement to the right of the white stripe on the road, and he believes high wind was a factor in the crash.

He was not injured, and the damage to the trailer was repairable, but he decided it would not be a good idea to try to continue before the wind died down. He was able to get a room at the Exchange Club Motel at a reduced rate and hunkered down to wait out the weather.

Smith sold everything he had, except for a few keepsakes, to finance the beginning of his journey, but now mostly relies on “donations and the kindness of strangers.” Some of the donations come from those who follow or visit his 4cornershike Facebook page, where he posts updates on his progress.

Richard Stephens is a freelance reporter living in Beatty.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Pahrump Senior Center to host rummage sale

Officials at the Pahrump Senior Center want the community to know that “one person’s clutter is another person’s treasure.”

Lauver, Kamien rule at Pahrump homecoming

The announcement of Pahrump Valley High School’s homecoming king and queen was taken very differently by the two winners who heard their names called at halftime of the Trojans’ football game against Boulder City on Sept. 13.

Circus delights crowd in Pahrump

Upward of 200 area residents took in the sights and sounds of the Jordan World Circus at McCullough Arena in Pahrump Sept. 14.

Man with knife arrested at Pahrump Valley High School

A Pahrump man is facing charges after allegedly brandishing a pocket knife while threatening several Pahrump Valley High School students in the parking lot of the campus.

Nye County District Attorney’s Report

Editor’s note: The Nye County District Attorney’s Report is provided by the office of DA Chris Arabia. Plans call for it to be provided on a monthly basis as the information becomes available. Duplicate names represent separate cases. See pvtimes.com for a look at recent DA reports.

California Lottery

No one matched all five numbers and the mega number in the Wednesday, Sept.18 drawing of the California Super Lotto. The next jackpot will be at least $12 million.

NHP provides update on Nye bus crash investigation

The Nevada Highway Patrol released new findings on the Sept. 5 crash involving a school bus carrying the Pahrump Valley High School junior varsity football team, a nighttime Highway 160 construction zone wreck that injured at least four on the bus.

VEA makes move to fulfill Pahrump community center commitment

The Nye County Commission has given the thumbs up to the letter of intent from Valley Electric Association outlining the cooperative’s desire to make good on promises made to the community by donating $5 million, plus necessary land, to construct a new community center in Pahrump.

Roundup focuses on Beatty burros

What do you do with too many burros? The U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s solution to that problem is to gather as many as possible and take them to holding facilities.